Warren Gatland goes into his ninth Six Nations in charge of Wales confident that his largely unchanged squad can build on a brave World Cup campaign in adversity and keep top players away from the chequebooks of leading English and French clubs.
Eddie Jones’s first squad selection as head coach will leave no one in any doubt that England are setting off in a fresh direction. A raft of highly rated newcomers led by Maro Itoje and Jack Clifford are poised to sweep aside several of Stuart Lancaster’s loyal servants, with a third of last autumn’s World Cup squad facing omission from Jones’s initial plans.
After the undoubted disappointments of 2015 England rugby fans have some very good reasons to be cheerful as the new year begins.
The Bath wing has not played for England since winning his first, and only, cap against New Zealand in November 2014, but with Eddie Jones considering a midfield of George Ford, Owen Farrell and Jonathan Joseph, the Fijian-born soldier would offer midfield thrust as well as finishing ability.
Eddie Jones has challenged his latest coaching addition, Paul Gustard, to add more bite to England’s defence when he starts work at the end of January.
Eddie Jones is ready to draw a line under the Stuart Lancaster era by appointing a new management team to take England through to the 2019 World Cup.
After the disappointment of the World Cup, English rugby has bounced back quickly with some very encouraging performances in Europe.
Golden Balls loves the ruggers... who'd have thought it!
As Eddie Jones prepares to mutter “G’day” to the reception staff at Twickenham and starts his search for the men to lead England forward, it will be fascinating to see in which direction he sets out.
Eddie Jones will have no option but to retain at least two-thirds of Stuart Lancaster’s England World Cup squad when he makes his first Six Nations selection in the new year.
Aside from the first pictures of Donald Trump inside the White House there was no disputing the week’s most terrifying image.
With the Six Nations Championship just a month away England are in danger of kicking off the tournament lacking more than half their starting pack.
In a week where the Chicago Cubs finally put the curse of the Billy Goat to bed, there was no shortage of people here who thought Ireland were about to do something similar with the monkey on their back.
Scotland’s one off test match victory over Australia on Tuesday morning kicked off a summer of enthralling series of matches.
A new trailer for the Rugby management sim shows off what you can expect when it's released later this month.
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Owen Farrell is in a striking mood today. It is almost surprising to compare how relaxed and amiable he appears in contrast to the intense and often fiery man who plays for Saracens and England.
If they ever met for that beer afterwards, Michael Cheika no doubt told his old mate to enjoy this while it lasts.
Both the Rugby League and the Rugby Union in England both have a salary cap in place, which in theory is to stop their clubs spending money which they do not have.
The first game of the Five Nations rugby championship in 1995 was not a happy one for Ireland.
Alex Goode, full-back, 6/10 This was his chance to lay down a marker for the No15 shirt but had few chances to show his counter-attacking skills.
Injuries are an occupational hazard but if England prove as elusive with ball in hand as they have been with their recent fitness updates they will defeat Fiji comfortably on Saturday.